Alva E. Wilcox

July 6, 2013

Many of the 17th CVI’s Gettysburg dead are buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Some were brought home by their families after the battle, some were transferred from temporary graves and some were never found and/or identified. In Evergreen Cemetery, adjacent to the National Cemetery, there is a small soldiers plot, and within that plot […]

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July 2, 1863

July 2, 2013

Barlow’s Knoll may be the most easily recognized location on the battlefield for those who follow the 17th CVI, but the regiment spent far more time on East Cemetery Hill. It was here that the regiment, broken up badly during the retreat from the fields north of town, regrouped under the command of Major Allen […]

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“Now, Seventeenth, do your duty!”

July 1, 2013

150 years ago, on a small rise north of Gettysburg, the 17th CVI lost their 2nd lieutenant colonel in as many battles. Those who visit Gettysburg find 2 monuments on Barlow’s Knoll – or as it was known then, Blocher’s Knoll. The first is the large monument dedicated in 1884. The 2nd, missed more than […]

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June 30th at Emmitsburg

June 30, 2013

I’ve always thought the best description of the 17th CVI immediately prior to fighting at Gettysburg was written by Company C’s J. Montgomery Bailey (AKA “High Private Manton”). Published by the Danbury Times as part of Bailey’s “Under Guard, OR, Sunny South in Slices” articles following his capture and subsequent release at Gettysburg. The entire series can […]

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The march to Gettysburg – and the arrest of Douglass Fowler

June 29, 2013

Few events were as well documented by the soldiers of the 17th as their march north from Brooks Station, culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. For those involved, the urgency of the northward movement is evident – they wrote of the grueling pace, the oppressive heat and humidity, of the dust and dirt. It was […]

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Gettysburg 150th events

June 22, 2013

I have long included the link to the blog of the Gettysburg NMP, so I don’t usually rehash events going on at the park that are covered there. Of course, this is a big year for the park and there are a lot of programs on the schedule. If you make it there (and I […]

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Memorial Day 2013

May 27, 2013

Today is Memorial Day – rather it is the result of the 1967 legislation turning Memorial Day into a 3-day holiday. May 30th – the true Memorial Day, was the day set aside for 100 years to honor this country’s war dead. It was the day that our Civil War forebears expected that we would […]

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“It is enough to break the stoutest heart…”

May 2, 2013

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the 17th CVI’s introduction to combat in the Civil War. At around 5PM, after settling down to cook their evening meals, the full fury of Stonewall Jackson’s attack on the right flank of the Union Army’s XI Corps (well, the right flank of the whole Union Army) was felt. […]

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Calm before the storm

May 1, 2013

By evening of April 30th the regiment was camped on and around the Talley Farm (or, as it is usually referred to in their accounts, the Hatch house). May 1st the members of the regiment heard the sound of battle coming from the direction of Fredericksburg as leading elements of the Army of the Potomac […]

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Germanna Ford on the Rapidan River

April 30, 2013

The 17th crossed the Rapidan River in the early morning hours of April 30, 1863. The area of the crossing is seen in this 2008 photograph, but the description written by Lt. Albert H. Wilcoxson provides a vivid description: “A wild and weird scene it was. Moving down the road to the abrupt bank of […]

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